The Bhagavad Gita that means the song of God is popularly called as the Gita. It is a 700-verse Hindu scripture, a part of the epic Mahabharata that dates back to the second century BCE. The Bhagavad gita is a divine disc between Pandava Prince Arjuna and his guide Krishna, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna shows the path leading to truth and righteous to Arjuna.
When the Dharma Yudha (righteous war) between Pandavas and Kauravas was to start, Arjuna was in complexity about waging war against their kin Kauravas. He is in despair and shredded into the moral dilemma, concerning the repercussions of this war.
The war does no good to any side. It only brings destruction. Arjuna thinks of renouncing and seeking the counselling from Krishna whose views, learnings, teachings set the discourse of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita.
Krishna tells Arjuna to fulfil the duties of a warrior ( Kshatriya) on the field and uphold the dharma through his selfless actions.
The conversation between Krishna and Arjuna consists of a broad spectrum of spiritual topics, touching the topics of ethical dilemma; what should be done, and whatnot, philosophical issues that have significance in all walks of life.
All the religious texts are open to interpretation, and thus, various commentaries on Shri Bhagavad Gita have written with different views and perceptions. As per the popular opinion, it is believed that Bhagavad Gita is written by Lord Ganesh that was told to him by Ved Vyasa.
The battlefield setting in Mahabharat stands as an allegory for the ethical and moral struggles of human life.
Unknown Facts about Bhagavad Geeta-
1. Arjuna was not the only one who heard the narration of the Bhagavad Gita by Krishnafirsthand but also Hanuman, Sanjaya and Barbarik.
Throughout the battle of Kurukshetra, Hanuman was perched on the top of the chariot of Arjuna. On the other hand, Sanjaya was blessed by Veda Vyasa with divine vision to narrate the events of the battle to Dhritarashtra.
And, the third entity who heard the narration was Barbarik, son of Ghatotkacha who was watching it all from a hilltop.
2. Gita is based on the theme of Dharma (Duty). It draws the difference between Yoga-Bhakti, Karma, and liberation.
3. If we trace the origin of the Gita, then, it was written in classical Sanskrit, and till date, it has been translated into approximately 175 languages.
If we talk about the reach of the Git across Europe, then, the credit goes to Charles Wilkins who in 1785 translated the Bhagavad Gita in English for the first time and later it was translated into different European languages.
4. The meaning of Bhagavad Gita stands as the song of God. It consists of 700 verses and 18 chapters.
5. Gita is a part of the great saga Mahabharata. It is part of Bhishma Parva of Mahabharata (Chapters 25 to 42).
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